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  • joeinid's Avatar
    Today, 08:44 PM
    joeinid replied to a thread New Amp on the Way in Amplifiers
    Excellent! Congratulations. Can't wait for your thoughts.
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Today, 08:01 PM
    Just an update that with only about 8 hours on them, the GR-Research X-LS Encores are starting to open up and sound very good indeed. The tweeter is very resolving, and the woofer capable of clean, defined and well-articulated bass down to what...
    4 replies | 117 view(s)
  • TheOctopus's Avatar
    Today, 04:44 PM
    TheOctopus replied to a thread New Amp on the Way in Amplifiers
    There were not many reviews over the years but I do remember one from 2005 and DarTZeel came into comparison against Coda... ;) Coda Technologies S5 power amplifier | Stereophile.com
    9 replies | 184 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 02:36 PM
    Mike replied to a thread New Amp on the Way in Amplifiers
    Cool! Congrats. Looking forward to your impressions. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    9 replies | 184 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 02:28 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder 1161 in Boulder Amplifiers
    I have the 1160 here. The 1161 is a slightly smaller version. Excellent amp, just donít hear the 2160, youíll be ruined.
    1 replies | 70 view(s)
  • TheOctopus's Avatar
    Today, 02:18 PM
    Cool thanks for the link and Iíll read over it with interest. While Iím not involved with any of the computer stuff much lately, back in the day, I used to repair computers down to component level. That was right before surface mount technology...
    3 replies | 122 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 02:08 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Boulder 866 in Boulder Amplifiers
    Very different. The Boulder 866 sounds like a class A amp. Rich, warm, musical. The Diablo 300 has a big bold sound, with thunderous monoblock bass and grip and a huge soundstage. I was talking to a customer this morning who was debating between...
    16 replies | 1564 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 02:05 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Like with anything, you can always cut corners and get the cost down, but in doing so, you will cut performance. The X260.8/XP22 outperform the INT250 by a fair margin. I think as good as the INT250 is, the separates just bring much more to the...
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  • TheOctopus's Avatar
    Today, 01:54 PM
    TheOctopus replied to a thread New Amp on the Way in Amplifiers
    I would imagine it is still the same company that has been flying under the radar for at least a few decades? Much like Audible Illusions, Coda always offered a tremendous sonic bang for the audiophile buck. Iíve owned a Coda and AI many years ago...
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  • TheOctopus's Avatar
    Today, 01:39 PM
    So Iím starting to get the itch to upgrade my Roon and streaming aspect of my system. Since 95% of my listening is now not physical media but Roon/Qobuz/Tidal, it would be worthwhile to put a bit more effort into this digital source of things. ...
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Today, 12:37 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    I think if I was moving down in electronics and speakers, I think I would move down the line to Delta V2 too. There are a million possibilities with the funds, I was just thinking what products were at the same level for balance. I donít think I...
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  • TheOctopus's Avatar
    Today, 12:07 PM
    TheOctopus replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    With all due respect to the colorful and enthusiastic Formula 1 analogies and opinions of the contributing members, we do tend to let our imagination get ahead of reality somewhat... The reality is one has a 15 or much less often a 20 amp...
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  • joeinid's Avatar
    Today, 11:47 AM
    Well said Serge. I remember your enthusiasm and excitement when that system came together. You got me thinking early on and as the numbers grew, I had listen for myself. An integrated that works beautifully on everything from Avantgardes to Harbeth,...
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  • TheOctopus's Avatar
    Today, 11:38 AM
    Congrats Joe! Iíve also been enjoying my 590AX MKII immensely for the last 1.5 years now. I also have a Prima Luna Dialogue HP triode/pentode tube integrated for when the tube mood strikes. Both are driving the Harbeth 40th Anniv 30.2ís Let me...
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  • joeinid's Avatar
    Today, 03:05 AM
    A blind buy yes, but a safe buy in my opinion. What speakers are you planning on using with either the Luxman or Accuphase?
    71 replies | 2757 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:01 PM
    Streaming only according to Jack. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Paul's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:30 PM
    Paul replied to a thread Accuphase E-800 in Accuphase
    So true. We pay everything else lot more here than state. sigh
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 07:14 PM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    You're correct, I made an error in referring to the 260.8 as Class A instead of Class AB. My bad. :P
    63 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:58 PM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Yep, you're right, Dave, to each his own. Cheers.
    63 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:21 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    It has a Roon module in the DAC. Thatís how we are using it. I know there is a lot of talk about the cables, but to be honest, this system went from great to ďout of this worldĒ when we put in the full Alpha V2 loom. We had in there previous...
    63 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 06:15 PM
    New Liz Longley album Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:14 PM
    There is certainly a history here that many are unaware of. I really wish the new distributor the best of luck. Heís a quality guy representing a quality product.
    31 replies | 1284 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:58 AM
    Iím currently acting as a beta tester for the new Aurender iPhone app. Oh boy, do I like it! Itís one of those apps youíre using and thinking ďyeah, thatís exactly how I would lay it out.Ē Release soon! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk...
    11 replies | 265 view(s)
  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 11:48 AM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Umm...not exactly, Ken. IMHO, Mike has indeed assembled as wonderful system here. One that thoughtfully reflects his professional experience and his knowledge of the components. So, no, if I had $82K to spend for a system, I would do exactly what...
    63 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    Yesterday, 10:16 AM
    Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:39 AM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Pass Labs X260.8 Technical Specifications (from Pass Labs): Class AB Type Mono Gain (dB) 26 Inputs XLR/RCA Power Output /ch (8 ohm) 260 No Output devices (/ch) 40 Power Consumption (Watts) 375
    63 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:31 AM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    That does not mean the amp will not perform to specification.
    63 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:26 AM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    No, I didn't say that. Again, you're misquoting me. I never stated that they would not perform to specification. And they would benefit from Shunyata PCs to perform at their best, this is consistent with what Mike has stated in his first post.
    63 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:15 AM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Point #1: Nelson did not state he did not agree with my assessment. Point #2: I never stated that Nelson does not know what he is doing, so I will respectfully request that you not misconstrue my comments by "putting words in my mouth." ...
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  • joeinid's Avatar
    Yesterday, 02:03 AM
    Big plus 1. I totally agree. There certainly could be times, depending on speakers, some would prefer the Accuphase, but for me the Luxman has been stellar on everything Iíve paired with it.
    71 replies | 2757 view(s)
  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:46 AM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Yeah, I would agree with that in principle. For example, you could use PCs like the Venom HC V2s (not to be underestimated, BTW) or NR-V10s, which would be a great place to start, and add the rest later. But using the generic stock black power...
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  • Paul's Avatar
    Yesterday, 01:00 AM
    I owned both as well as Joe. The Luxman 590. Hand down to our system.
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    Yesterday, 12:48 AM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Respectfully, that would be about the worst thing you could do to a powerful power amp, and more so with a Class A power amp like the Pass 260.8. The basic premise of a Class-A amp is that the output device(s) shall conduct all the time (through 360...
    63 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    September 26, 2020, 10:48 PM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Which is as it should be. You wouldn't build a luxury home and skimp on the foundation.
    63 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    September 26, 2020, 08:33 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Absolutely! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    63 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • joeinid's Avatar
    September 26, 2020, 07:35 PM
    Hi Bhaskar, Iíd have to qualify my answer. If used only for very efficient speakers like my Avantgarde, the MQ300 can not be beat. Tubes absolutely rule in this case. If you have a variety of speakers and some need power, the 590 is...
    71 replies | 2757 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    September 26, 2020, 06:48 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    We have the Omega on the Everest. We do have two Omega NRís, but they are on the MSB Select II. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    63 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    September 26, 2020, 05:40 PM
    Mike replied to a thread MSB pricing in MSB
    The dealers outside of North America bellyached. Export pricing is much higher. The dealers outside NA probably got tired of trying to explain that. You can always call me and I can give you the pricing and help you put something together. ...
    1 replies | 211 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    September 26, 2020, 01:39 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Correct. 6000sv2 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    63 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    September 26, 2020, 01:33 PM
    Puma Cat replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    It is a lot of money, but actually, if I added up the price of all of my system's components, when new, it would come to about $80,000, so no, its not an unreasonable amount of money for such a high-end system. *-BTW, Mike, I think the $6000 for...
    63 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    September 26, 2020, 01:05 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    I was adding it up in my head. Not quite. $13K x260.8 amps $9500 xp22 preamp $13K MSB DAC (this one has Roon module and dual PSU) $21,800 A5 speakers $10k Alpha V2 power cables (5) $4k Alpa V2 speaker cables $600 Alpha Ethernet $6000...
    63 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    September 26, 2020, 12:59 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    I always have so much Euro and Asian gear always in the mix, I was surprised when I really thought about this system.
    63 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    September 26, 2020, 12:29 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    I just realized, itís an all system too! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    63 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    September 26, 2020, 12:18 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    No BS, we are sitting there saying ďholy F this is a good system.Ē Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    63 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    September 26, 2020, 11:42 AM
    Mike started a thread Every once in a while... in Magico
    Everyone once in a while we put together a system in the store that just so defies its total price, itís unbelievable. Right now, this system is blowing us away (for the money): Magico A5ís Pass X260.8ís Pass XP22 MSB Discrete Shunyata...
    63 replies | 1392 view(s)
  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    September 25, 2020, 09:25 PM
    No, I removed the cables for a clean look for this lifestyle type of photo. If you look at speaker ad photos, you won't see any cables, either.
    271 replies | 17313 view(s)
  • Mike's Avatar
    September 25, 2020, 09:15 PM
    Mike replied to a thread Vivid S12 in Vivid Audio
    KAYA S12 Ė Vivid Audio The design philosophy behind Vivid Audio Kaya S12 True to Vivid Audio, an inordinate engineering effort was invested to completely remove cabinet resonances in a two-way bookshelf form factor. The result we believe is a...
    2 replies | 337 view(s)
  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    September 25, 2020, 06:36 PM
    So...to post a photo or other image is actually pretty easy. First, you need your photo "hosted" at an image hosting service e.g., FlickR or Imagevent, etc. I use ImageEvent personally. IIRC, a basic ImageEvent account is only about $24.95/year. ...
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  • Puma Cat's Avatar
    September 25, 2020, 06:19 PM
    No, this was changed a few weeks back because this function was causing a lot of error modes resulting in duplicate posts.
    271 replies | 17313 view(s)
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